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CPA Reports UK Construction Rowing for 15th Quarter

Sales in Q4 of 2016 continued to grow for the UK construction sector – the fifteenth quarter in a row according to the Construction Products Association. On an annual basis, 78% of heavy side firms reported that sales had increased in Q4, whilst on the light side, 75% of firms

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

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Considerate Constructors Scheme lays out new blueprint for delivering value to communities and customers

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the not for profit organisation that works with contractors, clients, the construction supply chain and communities to enhance the image of the construction industry – is introducing a series of steps that will develop the Scheme for the next decade. The Scheme, which brings value and benefits to thousands of communities and partner contractors, clients and suppliers across the UK and Ireland, will work with the industry to create a new focus on Social Value.  It will also focus on driving deeper community and public engagement, a more focused strategy on consumer facing marketing and PR, a comprehensive programme of listening and partnership and an assessment of new technology initiatives that can develop the core benefits of the Scheme. To develop the Scheme further it will be searching for a new Chief Executive, while it has confirmed the securing of a new service agreement with the Scheme’s operational delivery partner from 1 January 2020. ”This announcement sets the Considerate Constructors Scheme on a path for the next 10 years,” said the Scheme’s Executive Chairman, Isabel Martinson MBE.  “Our new strategy and structure will mean that the Scheme will be well equipped for the next phase of its journey. “The appointment of a new Chief Executive is part of this development.  They will report directly to the Executive Chairman and the Board.  They will support our networks, work with senior decision makers and creatively invigorate community engagement, business development and marketing, ensuring value for communities, contractors, clients, the supply chain, local authorities and the public.  They will bring insights and perspectives that refresh our strategies and our approach to all stakeholders.” Edward Hardy, who has been the Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme for the past 10 years, will step down at the end of 2019 when the new Chief Executive takes up the role. The Considerate Constructors Scheme has a third party delivery partner that manages the day to day operations and implementation of the Scheme.  The signing of a new delivery and service agreement underscores the successful partnership that has been created by the Considerate Constructors Scheme alongside the Scheme’s owners, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Construction Products Association (CPA). “The Scheme’s wide adoption, support and partnership across the UK and Irish construction industries are testament to the hard work, vision and innovation the Scheme has brought to the construction industry.  The Considerate Constructors Scheme has measurably improved the image of construction,” said Mrs Martinson. The new Chief Executive will lead the strategic direction of the Scheme, how the Scheme works with communities, with customers and with a broad range of organisations, interest groups, local and national government and other key stakeholders.  New tools will be developed to understand and measure Social Value.  There will be a strengthening of where the Considerate Constructors Scheme delivers key value, including:  the development of its Ultra Sites programme; contractor and subcontractor registration; and an assessment of how it may be able to be more effective geographically.  The Scheme will also review its marketing and communications strategy and how it might provide additional value to industry Public Affairs work. “We are entering an exciting time for the Scheme,” Mrs Martinson continued.  “We have a tremendous opportunity to focus on the key benefits demanded by the industry, to work on our consumer conversations, to engage with media and public interest groups, NGOs and other stakeholders.  We have a unique delivery platform; the Considerate Constructors Scheme will become more accessible to the public, continue its effectiveness with the industry and broaden its outreach and messages.” The search for the new Chief Executive has begun with an appointment expected in the coming months.  

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CPA Reports UK Construction Rowing for 15th Quarter

Sales in Q4 of 2016 continued to grow for the UK construction sector – the fifteenth quarter in a row according to the Construction Products Association. On an annual basis, 78% of heavy side firms reported that sales had increased in Q4, whilst on the light side, 75% of firms reported that sales were higher than a year earlier, which was the highest balance since 2014 Q3. However, as uncertainty intensifies and cost pressures from the fall in Sterling post-Referendum hit this year, the industry may struggle to experience similar growth. Among heavy side manufacturers only 6% on balance anticipate a rise in sales over 2017 Q1, and 29% on balance of light side manufacturers anticipate a rise during the same period. Rebecca Larkin, CPA Senior Economist said: “Unsurprisingly, manufacturers’ expectations for 2017 appear to have been tempered by the uncertainty surrounding the economic and political outlook. Heavy side manufacturers appeared most exposed to the effects of Sterling’s depreciation during the second half of 2016. In Q4, two-thirds of firms reported an increase in costs, the highest in five years, and a further 89% anticipate an increase over the next year. Rising costs of imported raw materials continue to be a primary driver of cost inflation, but there is now an indication that currency weakness is filtering through to higher energy and fuel costs too. “The impact of Brexit on the construction industry is, as yet, unclear, but it is unlikely this year will be as buoyant as last unless government is able to provide greater certainty and the industry is able to manage cost pressures.” Interested in this article? Read more at Builders Merchants Journal.

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